WIP Wednesday - Glitter quilt blocks






This week I've been working on my Glitter blocks, making piles of fabrics, cutting so much I'm getting a callus, (a.k.a. quilter's finger), and then slowly getting faster at sewing the blocks.  It's actually become super satisfying ironing my pretty Y seams - who knew I could do those?  Oh - and I finally figured out that I needed to press the seams of the main shape towards the background fabric!  It's a lot of trial and error when you don't have any quilters around you.
I finally bought some template plastic, (I cut an entire queen size Single Girl quilt with paper templates!), and invested in one of those rotating cutting mats.  Both have made cutting easier so it was money well spent.  While at work I photocopied the template, and enlarged it to 125%, so the unfinished blocks are 11.5" by 4.75".  Since this quilt is going to be a mixture of fabrics and colours, I'm approaching each block's colour scheme as if it were a stand-alone mini quilt.  It's a lot of fun choosing the combinations of three fabrics, and I think this could be key in keeping the momentum going till I reach 128 blocks!  I hesitate to call this "scrappy", because I am using fat quarters and yardage, and not true scraps.
This is going to be a very labour-intense quilt, for sure, but I also feel like when it's done it's going to be the most beautiful quilt I've ever made.  Jen Kingwell's book, Quilt Lovely, has really revolutionized how I think about my stash, and I've been breaking up previously intact fat quarter bundles all week.  I had kept at least 75% of my stash in the collection bundles (or curated bundles, or bundles I set aside for future quilts), but now I'm just throwing everything together and I'm going to reorganize 90% of it just by colour.  This is major for me - full collection fat quarter bundles were sacred!  I can definitely see more scrappy style projects in my future.
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12 comments

  1. Interesting pattern! Good luck with the rest!

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  2. Wonderful blocks! I love the mixtures of fabrics, there's certainly such a delightful, scrappy appeal to this! As for using scraps or cutting into the stash ... these days to enhance my pre-modern stash, I mainly only buy Fat 1/4's due to the fabric prices here in NZ, so these become my stash too!

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  3. Well, I think you can definitely say scrappy for this quilt now that you've broken up your bundles! You really got a lot done on this since I last looked. It will be so much fun to watch your progress. I really like your idea of treating each block as a mini quilt.

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  4. Gorgeous blocks! Great use for kite blocks.

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  5. I've got this book as well and I love this quilt pattern. Yours looks lovely.

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  6. These are great! I have made 8 of them for a sampler quilt but I didn't want to mess with Y seams so I English paper pieced them. They were a blast. I love that you made them bigger!

    Oh...and that's great you have gone beyond a collection...that means you are growing as a quilter!:)

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  7. What an inspiring blog! I have to get my sacred fat quarters out of the drawer! I have got Jen Kingwell's book, and I agree with you!

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